Posted by Lori Wilhite
If you’re like me, you’re spending a good deal of time scouring the internet for gift ideas and killer deals to get a jump on the Christmas shopping while watching The Voice in the background, of course. With kids, grandparents, teachers and friends to buy for, my list seems to get longer every year.
But what if this year, we decided to do something a little different? What if we asked for something different under our trees? What if we wrapped up something extra-special for our friends and family? What if this year, we linked arms with one another, and we rescued babies?! Yes, rescue babies.
Leading and Loving It has joined forces with the faith-based humanitarian organization World Help with the courageous vision to save the lives of 200 severely malnourished children through Operation Baby Rescue. We aim to accomplish this goal by the end of April 2015, at which time a team of women from Leading and Loving It will be headed to Guatemala to see the hope of rescue firsthand.
Grab a Kleenex and watch this video. Seriously, watch every second.
World Help’s strategy is based on the belief that true transformation is only possible when the needs of the body and soul are addressed simultaneously. This holistic approach of help and hope shows people that they matter to God both now and for eternity.
This year, I’m going to make Operation Baby Rescue part of my gift giving. Yes, my kids’ teachers and our family and friends will be seeing these gift tags on their presents this year. No apple mugs, #1 teacher sweaters, or Grandma picture frames. This year, a baby will be rescued. A baby will have hope. A baby will be saved. I can’t think of a better way to honor the special people in our lives.
Want to join in? Click here to give a financial gift. Then, print the gift tag and stick it in your Christmas card or attach it to a cutely wrapped present. A simple gift can change a life.
Or rally your women’s Bible study, youth group, or church to rescue a baby this Christmas. Click here to see the info on the campaign.
And one more gift idea. Add this to your own personal Christmas list. See if you can get Santa to leave this under your tree:
Experience Operation Baby Rescue firsthand on the Leading and Loving It Rescue trip to Guatemala April 13-17, 2015. Join Lori Wilhite, Lisa Hughes and other Leading and Loving It ladies as we venture into the heart of Guatemala – a nation rich in culture, color, natural beauty … and heartache. Approximately 70 percent of Guatemalans living in rural areas are entrenched in poverty. Today, 80 percent of children living in these regions are malnourished due largely to the lack of clean water.
On this trip, you will work alongside our national partner Hope of Life to:
- Experience the incredible work of the malnutrition rehabilitation center and special needs facility
- Distribute supplies and life-saving resources in impoverished villages
- Serve at a feeding center within a local garbage dump
- Participate in a clean-water well dedication and ribbon cutting